Big homes always get noticed, but few are as jaw dropping as Cobble Court. The elegant brick chateau is a beachfront survivor from the Gold Coast’s heyday, built for shipping magnate Lewis Luckenbach and his wife Kate. The home’s castle-like scale is capped with steeply peaked roofs and festooned with chimneys that reach into the sky. Pulling into the driveway the home reveals itself in one wide, shameless view, pulling no punches. Once inside the eye is drawn up along a sculpted metal staircase that seems to float. The interior is as grand as a fairytale: Living, dining and bedrooms drip with elaborate custom ceiling moldings and wood paneling. The eat-in kitchen is warm and brightly lit, for more casual meals not requiring the use of the formal dining room. A ramble on the grounds yields its own rewards— storybook guest cottages evoke English countryside living as does boating on the private lake complete with wooden bridge.
GLEN COVE is all about relaxed North Shore living. There is ample shore front, including Morgan Memorial Park, built by JP Morgan himself, a one time resident. As the weather warms the thriving boating culture wakes at the Glen Cove Yacht Club. Currently a Mecca for local recreational boaters, it stands on the former location of the New York Yacht Club, which was the oldest in the US. A vibrant downtown is packed with restaurants, shops, parks, museums and live music venues. But its links to New York City have provided the most indelible impressions. Back in the 1830s when it was Musketa Cove, there was a direct Manhattan ferry line to the future Morgan Park, which propelled the sedate locale into resort community status. Then the wealthiest industrialists took note, especially JP Morgan, who once owned a private island, and the Woolworths, who built Winfield Hall. They funded what became the backbone of Glen Cove’s architectural wonders.
BY THE NUMBERS
List Price: $15,500,000
Year Built: 1928
Baths: 6 full, 2 half
Lot Size: 8.6 acres
Listing Agency: Daniel Gale | Sotheby’s